COVID-safe summer activities to try

As restrictions loosen, these activities are a surefire way to stay safe and still have fun


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Even though vaccine rates in the United States are high, stopping the potential spread of COVID-19 this summer should still be a key concern for Americans. However, that doesn’t mean people have to spend their summer shut indoors. Certain activities allow for some time out of the house without risking the transmission of COVID-19.

Outdoor activities such as hiking, running and swimming all provide a safe, low-risk environment where people can exercise and enjoy time in the sun. Within the McLean area, there are plenty of nearby public parks, like Great Falls Park and Scotts Run Nature Preserve. Both have many trails to hike, waterfalls, and other sightseeing opportunities. 

These nature spots are also great places to have a picnic which, can also be done at the United States Botanic Garden. 

Although you can catch sight of a bird or some fish at these preserves, a real outdoor experience is provided by Roer’s Zoofari. Located in Reston, this safari bus tour is open-air to fight any risk of disease transmission. Visitors can see camels, goats, monkeys, and many more zoo animals at this attraction.

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There are many restaurants with reduced capacity that have outdoor seating. Arguably one of the nicest parts about living in McLean is the quick access to Washington, D.C., which has plenty of well-rated food establishments, some even situated on the waterfront. A few popular spots include Nick’s Riverside Grill and Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place. These socially distanced restaurants can make for an enjoyable and safe summer. 

Another activity in the D.C. area is the Artechouse, an attraction that displays digital art on walls inside the building. After doing some DC sightseeing, the Artechouse is a great way to relax in an air-conditioned and experience immersive, alternative art.

Malls in the area also provide a great alternative to Tysons Corner Center, which can get crowded especially during the summer months. Tanger Outlets at the National Harbour not only has shopping with good deals but is also a fun area to walk around, eat, and sit by the river. Another great option is the Leesburg Premium Outlet, which has a large selection of shops to choose from.

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